WHS adds new spring sport

Ton Winter/ Record-Times Members of the Wheatland Clay Target Shooting team take turns shooting at the Wheatland Trap Club. From left: Matthew Streets, Raylee Buchanan and Peyton Call.

WHEATLAND – The Wheatland High School added a new sport to their spring sports line up – Clay Target Shooting.
Students approached the principal of the high school asking if the sport could be added to the program so Bill and Angie Kernan were asked to head and coach the sport. The Platte County Trap Club offered their facility for a discounted rental rate for the kids to practice and the WHS Trap Team was created. “The kids are busting clays and having fun,” said Angie.
“These kids have done wonderful,” remarked Trap Club member Steve Gudahl.
The members were required to attend a safety class before participating. The inaugural Wheatland team has 11 members. They practiced for three weeks and will shoot for scores for nine weeks until the end of May. The scores will be in competition with other teams across the country. The first ever Wyoming State High School Clay Target League State Shoot will be June 22 at Goshen County Trap Club. This is the first year that schools in Wyoming have offered the sport as a state. Wheatland is one of just four schools in Wyoming participating. The other schools are Hulett, Sundance, and Upton. The hope is that more schools will join next year.
“Some of the kids have their own firearms but some have been using donated one,” explained Angie. “The community has been really great, we got what we needed.”
The USA League was instituted in 2000 when it was noticed how many shooting ranges were closing and the founders thought the best way to preserve shooting sports was to attract younger shooters. They went to high schools to start the program. By the end of 2018, nearly 26,000 students on over 800 teams in 20 states were participating in the program. They have recently expanded to college level.
“It’s honestly the best thing I’ve done in a a school. I love trap and I highly recommend joining if you love shooting,” said team member Sage Henderson with excitement. “Come join us to have some fun. it’s a great opportunity to find or try something new. It’s easy to learn.”
Last Friday, Patrick Kernan for shot 25 straight discs.
The clay discs are launched from a voice activated machine located just below the rise of the shooting ranch on Antelpe Gap Road. The kids take turns shooting with teams of five. They practice at least once a week, sometimes twice. Although the team is not allowed to take on more members for this year, next year’s recruitment will begin around December.
The team is holding a raffle for a Traeger grill for expenses. Tickets are $10 or 3/$25 and the drawing will be at the end of May. To buy tickets, contact a member or Angie Kernan at (307) 331-1726.


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